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I always wanted to turn director: Arbaaz Khan

New Delhi: Actor Arbaaz Khan is feeling positive as he has completed 50 per cent shooting of his debut directorial ‘Dabangg 2’ and says he is just going with the flow rather than over-calculating his moves.

Arbaaz, 45, who made his debut as a producer with the 2010 blockbuster "Dabangg", said he was initially anxious about his decision.

"There is always a certain amount of anxiety that comes with every job. It was there when I turned actor 15 years back with `Daraar`.
Then it was also there when I opened my production house for `Dabangg`. It was but natural to be curious about how things would look like when I start calling the shots.

"I always knew that sooner or later, I would turn director. I couldn`t have been relegated to being producer for the rest of my life," Arbaaz told reporters.

He started his career as an actor in 1996 film ‘Daraar’ where he won a Filmfare award for Best Villain. But later his stunt as an actor was not very successful.

He said that he was always interested in behind the camera technicalities because he used to feel restricted as a performer.

"There was a major reason behind my desire of calling the shots. As an actor, I had discovered during last 15 years that I was fascinated more with what went behind the scenes than in front of it. I found it to be more creative.

"Sometimes I felt a little restricted as I was not really in control over the roles that I wanted to do. There was some progress though when I started production because I found a little more control coming my way," he said.

But Arbaaz says that directing a franchise is a huge responsibility because audience have the same expectation from elder brother Salman Khan, who is reprising the iconic character of Chulbul Pandey.

"With Salman delivering three back to back 100 crore hits, one expects him to do his own thing with `Dabangg 2` as well. I am calm about the state of affairs because you can`t be over confident about what you to.
There is so much that you keep learning on the job. During `Dabangg`, Salman was mainly getting a hang of the character. Now he knows what the audience likes," he added.

Arbaaz said he is maintaining the same calm composure as he demonstrated when it was first announced that it would be him at the helm and not Abhinav Kashyap, who directed the first part.

"I want to be engulfed by positive people and positive energy. That makes what you want to do better and clearer. Instead of proclaiming that `Oh, so what`s the big deal in calling the shots`, it is better to evaluate your decision on an every day basis," he added.

Salman-Sonakshi Sinha starrer ‘Dabangg 2’ will hit theatres on December 21.

PTI

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